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Facebook and YouTube moderators sign PTSD disclosure

Image copyright Getty Images Content moderators are being asked to sign forms stating they understand the job could cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to reports. The Financial Times and The Verge reported moderators for Facebook and YouTube, hired by the contractor Accenture, were sent the documents. Moderators monitor objectionable …

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Tinder to add panic button and anti-catfishing tech

Image copyright Tinder Image caption Tinder aims to crack down on “catfishing” with its new verification feature Tinder is adding a panic button and other safety features to the dating app. The new functions will include emergency assistance, location tracking, and photo verification. Tinder will offer the features first in …

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Deepfakes: A threat to democracy or just a bit of fun?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: This deepfake software can map celebrity faces on to anyone “We are already at the point where you can’t tell the difference between deepfakes and the real thing,” Professor Hao Li of the University of Southern California tells the BBC. “It’s …

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GM’s Cruise unveils its first driverless vehicle

Image copyright Cruise Cruise, the self-driving car start-up, majority owned by General Motors, has unveiled its first vehicle designed to be driverless. The electric-powered Cruise Origin was developed by Honda, which also has a stake in the company. The launch of the vehicle, which has no steering wheel or pedals, …

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Malvern’s touchscreen tech secrets now on your radar

It was dubbed “the hidden Bletchley” after the place where World War Two codebreakers cracked the German’s Enigma Code. The Telecommunications Research Establishment at Malvern in Worcestershire is the place where scientists fine-tuned radar that helped lead the Allies to victory. During the Cold War scientific leaps that are now …

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AO Air’s face mask uses fans for cleaner breathing

A US start-up has developed a face mask that uses powered fans to clean and cool the air breathed by the wearer. This not only allows the owner to control how powerful the effect should be, but also means the product does not need a tight seal against their face. …

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Can Microsoft’s ‘moonshot’ carbon goal succeed?

Image copyright Getty Images Tech giant Microsoft has announced two bold ambitions: firstly, to become carbon negative by the year 2030 – meaning it will be removing more carbon from the air than it emits – and secondly, to have removed more carbon by 2050 than it has emitted, in …

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Apple may have to abandon Lightning connector cable

Image copyright Getty Images Apple could be forced to abandon its Lightning connector cable if European lawmakers get their way. The cable is used to charge and sync Apple devices, including the iPhone. But members of the European Parliament urged the European Commission on Monday to force tech giants to …

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Kashmir blackout eases but restrictions remain

Image copyright AFP Image caption The indefinite internet suspension has crippled daily life, the media and businesses Mobile internet and social media remain largely blocked in Indian-administered Kashmir, despite a partial easing of curbs imposed when the government revoked its special status in August. Limited broadband service returned to the …

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New police equipment to search mobile devices

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The “cyber kiosk” technology gives police the ability to override passwords on mobile phones Technology which allows the police to gather data from some mobile phones or tablets without using a password will be rolled out from Monday. Police Scotland has spent more than …

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